Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness, By Michelle Alexander

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Michelle Alexander is a well-respected civil rights lawyer, legal scholar and civil rights advocate, whom teaches at the law of Stanford Law School. Alexandria studied a series of information regarding the similarities between race and criminal justice. Also, Alexandria participated in both private and nonprofit organizations and launched campaign regarding racial profiling, where she served as the leading director of the projects (The new Jim crow.org).
The New Jim crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, written by Michelle Alexander takes readers through a series of events that demonstrate the evolution of social movements, and the never ending crisis of the racial caste. The purpose of the book Is to demonstrate how the system
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I went into this book review with very little knowledge, pertaining to the history of the birth of Jim crow; however, it was the most relevant and informative section for me. One of the more specific topics the author touched on that stood out to me was the abolishment of slavery. In the constitution, the 13th amendment was written to abolish slavery, however it was still allowed under one circumstance that slavery remained exceptional as long as it was a form of punishment for a crime. I am forever grateful that I was one of the few that were able to leave Chicago, Illinois, and pursue my undergraduates and master’s degree, and one day be able to land my dream career. Opportunities for black males are fairly scarce, but I am determined to be a part of the dismantling of America’s crippled judicial system. Everyone has this hunger and intense desire to succeed, but African American’s are unable to because they are set up to fail. It makes me wonder why they construct this country on the idea of “freedom”, but strip black men of their successes and dismantle this ideology of everyone having “equal” opportunities. Ultimately leaving with the following question, what do black males have that the judicial system want to keep them

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